How to find a Dermatologist
There are two kinds of skin doctors out there
- general and cosmetic -
and finding the right one is crucial to addressing your concerns.
- Know the Types. General dermatologists will treat rashes, acne, and rosacea; they do skin exams to check for questionable moles; and they can help with issues such as thinning hair. They are a good starting place for anti-aging prescriptions, such as Retin-A or hydroquinone for wrinkles and brown spots. Deeply etched wrinkles, scars, or persistent discoloration - anything that requires a peel, injection, or laser - are best treated by a cosmetic dermatologist.
- Check Their Bios. Look for board certification from the American Academy of Dermatology - you don't want to get Botox from someone certified as an OB-GYN.
- Listen Up. When you meet a cosmetic dermatologist for the first time, it's best to give a vague sense of why you're there and then let her talk. Mention that you're bothered by the lines on your face or noticeable leg veins, and listen to how she'd address those issues. Her opinion will give you a sense of her aesthetic philosophy, including how aggressive she is.
- Ask the Right Questions. You want someone who does the procedures you're seeking all the time. Three to five cases a day is good; more is even better. For lasers, ask if the practice owns or rents the devices. If they rent, they aren't lasering as much. Also ask who is doing the lasering. Some doctors will say they supervise, but the doctor should be hands-on.
See you next time,